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Lopez: Nuggets assistant GM Karnisovas trains MMA

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Could training in mixed martial arts be easier on the body that basketball?

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We don't know a whole lot about the Nuggets' new assistant general manager Arturas Karnisovas, but team reporter Aaron Lopez has a great interview up about his mixed martial arts training.

A snippet: read the full article here.

As assistant general manager of the Denver Nuggets, Karnisovas simply wants to keep himself fit while enjoying a discipline that was put on hold in his youth.

"It came easy because I was a huge fan when I was a teenager," he said. "It's another way for me to keep in shape and keep my body in tact. I like the mental aspect, as well. I'm 42. I'm not looking to get in the ring. That's not my objective."

Slowed by knee and ankle injuries at the end of his career, Karnisovas also trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, submission grappling and self-defense techniques. He has found the disciplines to be beneficial for his body from head to toe.

All signs point to the addition of Karnisovas from the Houston Rockets being a good one and it's cool to read that he trains in a sport that is totally unrelated to hoops.